The 6th season of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) is currently in progress and the $1,100 buy-in Main Event is scheduled to start on the 27th of March and run over the weekend. The MSPT tour is taking place at the Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa and is expected to draw a number of prominent professional poker players.
The last time the MSPT came to the Meskwaki Casino was back in November 2014 and the event ran extremely well drawing a total of 426 entrants and was eventually won by Nick Jivkov, who has also won a World Series of Poker bracelet. Jivkov won $104,974 in prize money for securing the first place and it was fitting for the champion as in the 2013 edition of the same tournament he lost to Terry Ring and finished second.
Some of the other events scheduled at the MSPT include the Meskwaki Bonus NLHE Event which has a $60 buy-in and starts on the 25th of March, MSPT Main Event Qualifier’s that run from the 25th – 27th March and has a buy-in of $260. The Main Event will take place over a three day period and the final table will be broadcast live (15 minute delay in broadcasting) on MSPTpoker.com and PokerNews. Those who tune in will be able to see the hole cards as the broadcasters will be using RFID technology to provide viewers with an up close and personal viewing experience.
Joe Fernandez, the Meskwaki Poker Room Manager has been aggressively promoting the tournament and has been happy with the response. In a statement, Fernandez said
Whoever said ‘you need your best poker face and winning strategy to win at poker’ must not have played at Meskwaki Poker Room. Whether you are a newcomer, a pleasure player, or a high-stakes thrill seeker, we have a game for you. Our classic card room and cozy players’ lounge exude such rustic and scintillating ambience that makes every poker game more of a friendly art than a gut-wrenching science and, therefore, your winning out of luck is never ever frowned upon.
Some of the previous winners of the MSPT Meskwaki event are Matt Anderson ($100,075), Jonathan Olson ($95,741), Muneer Ahmed ($89,184), Andy Van Blair ($88,958), Terry Ring ($87,694) and Jesse Spooner ($81,060). Fernandez expects this year’s Main Event to attract a large pool of players and believes the payout will be even bigger than 2014.